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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who led a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control this week, said on Thursday that there might be enough votes in the Senate to pass a measure barring people on terror watch lists from purchasing a firearm.

"We may have 60 votes to pass the measure that makes sure that people who are on the terror watch list cannot buy guns,” he said on CNN. ”That is a non-controversial issue in the American public.”

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Former President George W. Bush is helping a handful of vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in November, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), according to a New York Times report.

Bush has headlined fundraisers for McCain and Ayotte in the past few weeks and plans on helping Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) as well, the New York Times reported.

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In a video address to supporters on Thursday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pledged to help Democrats defeat Donald Trump, but he did not drop out of the race or offer an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

"The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly. And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time," Sanders said, according to Politico's transcript of the speech.

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Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday said that he will not endorse Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

"I’m going to stay in my lane," he told Michigan radio program "WHTC Morning News." "There’s a lot of things that folks are not happy about with either of these two candidates. We’re running our own race, and don’t look for me to endorse anyone in this race, probably the rest of the year."

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who is engaged in a tough re-election fight this year, on Thursday said that Trump is "too bigoted and racist" for the state of Illinois.

"I do not support Hillary Clinton, and I told the public that I did not support Donald Trump, either. I think he’s too bigoted and racist for the Land of Lincoln," Kirk said when asked by John Howell of Chicago radio station WLS-AM 890 whether he could support Clinton, according to a clip uploaded by Buzzfeed News.

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A federal judge in Dallas on Wednesday dismissed the state of Texas' lawsuit against the federal government and a refugee resettlement agency that sought to block Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

U.S. District Judge David Godbey had previously denied Texas' requests for a temporary restraining order to keep Syrian refugees families from entering the state.

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Fox News host Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday doubled down on her support for a ban on assault weapons after receiving a flood of insults responding to her remarks about the issue on Tuesday.

"Yesterday I startled many and pleased tons of others by saying I believe the assault weapons in this county, the ban should be reinstated," she said on her Fox News show.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Democratic National Committee of faking a hack by the Russian government in an attempt to distract from news about Hillary Clinton.

"We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader," Trump said in a Wednesday statement obtained by Politico. "Too bad the DNC doesn’t hack Crooked Hillary’s, 33,000 missing emails."

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The National Rifle Association on Wednesday announced that the group would be happy to meet with Donald Trump, after he said he would talk to the gun rights group about not allowing people on the terror watch list and no fly list to buy guns.

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